Close to Boise? Check. Interesting views? Check. Not too difficult? Check. This 5.8 mile hike follows the contours of hills and ridges in the foothills. The trailhead is located in a parking lot off of Cartwright Road.
This secluded hike escapes the hum of traffic after a mile or so. I only met one other person on this weekend hike: a biker. If you are terrified of being alone for whatever reason (no judgments here, but seriously, consider getting help) bring a buddy but make sure to walk in front of them for the views. I saw a handful of hawks as I followed the trail and a golden eagle that drafted closer and closer to me…
After fist-fighting the eagle for my granola bar, mentally, I carried on through the hills.
For about a mile, the trail stops following the contours and ridges and leads between a couple of high hills.
If you like green and are some kind of green and tree-only fascist hiker, avoid this yellow and dry hike. No trees really. Just brush and the like. I did find this amazing specimen of dessert survival, even if it too is starting to yellow: